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Has anybody tried to cloud prune a bay tree. If so, was it successful 

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  • DevonianDevonian Posts: 176
    Bumping this up cos I'd like to know too!
  • Hostafan1Hostafan1 Posts: 34,876
    I think you should give it a go. Take lots of photos and show us the process/ progress.
    Devon.
  • No experience but I wonder if it has the right structure and type of growth? I think most plants which are cloud pruned have small leaves dense twiggy growth whereas bay is quite lax. Having said that if you started with a young plant the growth would presumably get denser the more you clipped it?

    As said if you have a plant give it a try but yes please please update us on progress
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  • pinutpinut Posts: 191
    Go on youtube and watch Peter Chan's bonsai channel.

    He regularly demonstrates how to prune garden trees to give it that bonsai look, ie creating layers and pads.
  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,020
    We have two large bay trees here and both are multi-stemmed in a mostly vertical sort of way.  I have raised the crown on one to shoulder height leaving the bare, almost straight stems visible and letting us see beyond it rather than having a big heavy green blob.  Not really suitable for the kind of cloud pruning that leaves clusters of foliage at the end of stems..



    The other is planted on a short steep slope between two levels and handy for the kitchen so I just take off the occasional leaf for cooking.
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Posts: 87,933
    @Obelixx ... what about if you had raised each individual crown to a different height, then hard-pruned each individual head so it thickened up to develop as you would a lollipop. I think that could look quite like cloud pruning? 😊 

    Gardening in Central Norfolk on improved gritty moraine over chalk ... free-draining.





  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,020
    I think the individual leaves are too large and too spaced for that to work on a bay tree.

    However, it does work with small leaved, evergreen plants like box, yew, small leaved privets, some conifers..........
    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • DevonianDevonian Posts: 176


    Not very easy to see, but there's a cloud-pruned bay at the back of this border (photo from Jake's Niwaki blog). Worth a shot I reckon, this looks really good!
  • There are a couple of lovely cloud pruned bays near the Saatchi gallery in Chelsea.
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